Barn Burners go from garage to groove on Shot
Down, their third album and debut release on Atomic
the garage comes the disc's title cut, all nervous
guitars and frantic toms, hard up against the open-tuned
swagger of "Throwin' Your Life Away." From the groove
comes a slinky cover of "When I Had Your Love,"
an overlooked classic that Smokey wrote for Marvin,
and "Why I Run," where the band sneaks into Hi Records
through the back door. Somewhere in between garage
and groove lies "Everything Was Crooked," a vivid
recollection of life on the Cleveland, Ohio homefront
during World War II that would not sound out of
place in the Springsteen catalog. Like previous
Barn Burners releases Alibis (2000) and Tobacco
Sunburst (1996), Shot Down features a
honky tonk shuffle ("Cheatin' to Lose"), swamp blues
("Mud in My Eyes") and Berry/Richards-inspired rockers
("Yesterday's Clothes," "Said the 7 to the 11,"
and "Rockin' with Viola.") For their final number
the boys crank up the reverb and hang ten with Hank
Williams on "Moanin' the Blues."
The Barn Burners are based in Baltimore, Maryland
and have been setting fire to mid-Atlantic clubs
since 1995. Led by guitarist and songwriter Bob
Kannenberg, the band features Bonanza D. Jones on
drums, Steve Enslow on guitar, and Tony Vittoria
on bass. Barn Burners tracks appear on several compilations
in the US and abroad, including the Run Wild Records
Blasters tribute, Blastered, and the Dusty
Records (Sweden) Rockin' at the Barn series.
The band has been privileged to share stages with
kindred spirits like Dave Alvin, Jason and the Scorchers,
Duane Jarvis, the Tarbox Ramblers, Mojo Nixon and